TRAVEL GUIDE ITALIAN ISLANDS

There are about 30 islands in the south of Italy belonging to the regions of Lazio, Sardinia, Sicily, Campania and Puglia. From volcanic islands like the Aeolian islands whom the landscapes have been forged over the years by the wind, lava and sea to the wild islands of Sardinia like the Asinara hosted today some white donkeys, all working together to preserve their traditions, fauna and flora. These Mediterranean islands offer to discerning travelers a singular atmosphere, enchanting landscapes and a slow paced life.
The islands of Campania
Capri, also known as the "Blue Island" is situated a few miles off the coast of Sorrento. It has been celebrated for its beauty for thousands of years. Whitewashed villages, quiet coves bordered by crystal-clear waters, incredibly varied landscape, famous visitors and luxury designer shopping have given Capri worldwide renown. Ischia is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Naples; here natural resources have been put to good use: it is one of the best-known hydro-thermo-climatic resorts in Italy and indeed the world. Ischia will surprise you with the diversity of its landscapes, with pine forests on its eastern side, and charming towns like Ischia itself and Casamicciola. Its lively atmosphere in summertime and the mild climate in winter make this island a place worth visiting at any time of year. The small island of Procida lies in the Bay of Naples. Kept away from the mass tourism, Procida successfully managed over the years to keep its traditions and authentic atmosphere.
The islands of Puglia
The Tremiti islands archipelago consists in 5 islands: San Nicola, San Domino, Capraia, Pianosa and Cretaccio. 2 of them are inhabited. San Nicola island was fortified in the VII century by Charles of the Anjevin and subsequently inhabited first by the Benedictines (who turned one of the fortresses into a monastery) and then by the Cistercian monks. San Domino is the biggest island and the most organized from a touristic point of view.
The islands of Lazio
The Pontine islands of Ponza, Palmarola and Ventotene are located in the Tyrrhenian sea between Rome and Naples. They represent a marine paradise for sea lovers. With its dramatic cliffs falling into the sea, its secret coves and turquoise waters, Ponza island attracts many romans especially in high season.
The islands of Sicily
Favignana is the largest of three Egadi islands . Its history is linked to the Florio family who implant last century the tonnara (tuna factory) complex which still dominates the landscape around the harbor. With its small fishing port where local fish is sold every morning, turquoise waters, its tuff quarries and unspoilt natural beauty, the island of Favignana is a small corner of paradise. Marettimo Island is the wildest with steep relief dropping straight into the sea. The small fishing village of Marettimo consolidates its square white houses with roof terraces at the foot of the mountain. Levanzo is a small island of 6 km²; which suggests the rugged coastline of tiny coves. It is an ideal haven for lovers of nature and absolute calm.
The Aeolian archipelag is an enchanting world of sea and volcanoes where nature and history have forged over the centuries a landscape shaped by fire, lava, wind and sea. Lipari is the largest and most touristy of the Aeolian. Stromboli, the most isolated of the archipelago, offers an amazing sight on the active volcano. It is an oasis of tranquility where you can walk in the evening moonlight. Salina is a green oasis and a perfect place for a retreat in nature. Salina was also made famous by the movie "Il Postino", filmed in a house on the island. The south-east of Punta lingua is especially recommended for lovers of underwater fishing. Salina also produces capers and raisins used in the manufacture of Malvasia, renowned wine of Lipari islands. Born from the fusion of four volcanoes, Vulcano is dominated by the largest and most active of them. The presence of geysers and steam jets today reflects its activity. The sulphurous mud are highly valued for their therapeutic properties. Panarea, the mundane, is busy in high season but soon found his composure after the 15 of August. Islands Filicudi, black pearl of the archipelago, ideal for scuba diving and Alicudi, the most extreme and most savage, are closest to Sicily. A paradise for the traveler who wants to walk between the mule trails of lava stone, go to the sea with the boats of the locals, or fall asleep at night under a blanket of stars. The islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria are the most remote. Both islands are very suitable for scuba-diving, trekking, nature lovers and farniente.
The islands of Sardinia
La Maddalena archipelago consists of 7 islands, the largest being Caprera and La Maddalena. A paradise for travelers in search of tranquility and natural beauty. The charming town of La Maddalena, the only inhabited on the island, is surrounded by a generous and wild nature reflecting multicolour shades, sandy beaches ranging in colour from gold to pink, granite rocks carved by the wind, crystal clear waters and archaeological relics.
Located on the north-west of Sardinia, the fishing village of Stintino looks front to the inhabited island of Asinara. Only rare species of of griffon vultures, wild boar, mouflon, sea birds and white donkeys inhabited the island.

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GETTING ABOUT These islands can be reached by ferry or high speed boat from the main ports of each region. It's best to leave the car and to rent on site scooter, quad, or cars upon arrival on the island. One can also use a micro-taxi to move on the island. The schedule of ferry boats should be checked regularly as they are often changing.